Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

列王紀上 20

亞蘭王攻打撒瑪利亞城

1亞蘭王便·哈達率領全軍,聯合三十二個王,帶著車馬圍攻撒瑪利亞。 他派遣使者進城對以色列王亞哈說: 「便·哈達說,『你的金銀和你家中最美的妻妾兒女都是我的。』」 以色列王說:「我主我王啊,我答應你的要求,我和我的一切都是你的。」

不久,使者又來對他說:「便·哈達說,『我已派人吩咐你把金銀、妻妾和兒女都給我。 明天這個時候,我會派屬下搜查你的王宮和你臣僕的家,他們要拿走你珍愛的一切。』」 以色列王亞哈召集國中的長老,說:「你們看,這人是在找麻煩。他派人來要我的妻妾、孩子和金銀,我沒有拒絕他。」 長老和百姓都說:「別聽從他,別答應他。」

於是,他對使者說:「你們告訴我主我王,他第一次所要的,僕人可以照辦,但這一次所要的,僕人不能從命。」使者就去回覆便·哈達。 10 便·哈達又派人去對亞哈說:「若撒瑪利亞的塵土夠我的士兵每人抓一把,願神明重重地懲罰我。」 11 以色列王說:「你去告訴便·哈達,叫他別剛穿上盔甲就誇口,打完仗卸下盔甲再誇口吧。」 12 便·哈達和諸王正在營中飲酒,聽見這話,就吩咐屬下準備攻城。

亞哈打敗便·哈達

13 一位先知來見以色列王亞哈,說:「耶和華說,『你看見這大隊人馬了嗎?今天我必將他們交在你手裡,這樣你就知道我是耶和華。』」 14 亞哈問:「誰來完成這任務呢?」先知答道:「耶和華說,省長屬下的青年軍。」亞哈問:「誰來做統領呢?」先知答道:「你。」

15 於是,亞哈召集了省長屬下的青年軍二百三十二人,又召集以色列全軍,共七千人。

16 中午,便·哈達正跟盟軍的三十二個王在營中狂飲的時候,亞哈率軍出發了。 17 省長屬下的青年軍率先出城。便·哈達派出的巡邏隊稟告他說:「有人從撒瑪利亞城出來了。」 18 便·哈達說:「不管他們是來求和還是求戰,都要生擒他們!」 19 省長屬下的青年軍率先出城,大軍緊隨其後, 20 他們見敵人就殺。亞蘭人敗逃,以色列人乘勢追擊。亞蘭王便·哈達騎著馬與一些騎兵落荒而逃。 21 以色列王出城攻擊敵軍車馬,重創亞蘭人。

22 先知又來見以色列王,說:「你要加強防衛,做好準備,因為明年春天亞蘭王必捲土重來。」

23 臣僕給亞蘭王獻計說:「以色列人的神是山神,所以他們佔了上風,我們若在平原上跟他們交戰,一定會取勝。 24 王應該撤去諸王,委任將領代替他們, 25 再招募軍兵,補充失去的戰車和人馬,好在平原上跟他們交戰,這樣我們一定會取勝。」王採納了他們的建議。

26 第二年春天,便·哈達召集亞蘭人進軍亞弗,攻打以色列人。 27 以色列人也召集軍隊,準備糧草,迎戰敵軍。他們在亞蘭人對面安營,像兩小群山羊,而敵軍卻滿山遍野。 28 有位上帝的僕人來見以色列王,說:「耶和華說,『亞蘭人以為我耶和華是山神,不是平原的神,所以我必將這大隊人馬交在你手裡,這樣你們就知道我是耶和華。』」

29 以色列人和亞蘭人兩軍對峙,一連七天。第七天,兩軍交戰,以色列軍一天殺了十萬亞蘭步兵, 30 殘餘的亞蘭人都逃進亞弗城,但城牆倒塌壓死了兩萬七千人。便·哈達也逃進城,躲在一間房子的內室裡。 31 臣僕對他說:「我們聽說以色列王很仁慈。現在,我們不如腰束麻布,頭套繩索,向以色列王請降,或許他會饒王一命。」 32 他們便腰束麻布,頭套繩索,來見以色列王,說:「僕人便·哈達求王開恩饒命啊!」亞哈回答說:「他還活著嗎?他是我的兄弟。」 33 他們聽見亞哈的口氣溫和,連忙附和說:「是啊,便·哈達是王的兄弟。」亞哈便吩咐他們去把便·哈達帶來見他,然後讓便·哈達登上他的戰車。 34 便·哈達對亞哈說:「我必歸還我父親從你父親那裡奪來的城邑,你可以在大馬士革設立貿易區,就像我父親在撒瑪利亞所設立的一樣。」亞哈回答說:「你依此立個約,我就放你走。」立約之後,亞哈就放便·哈達走了。

先知責備亞哈

35 眾先知中有一位奉耶和華的命令對他的同伴說:「你打我吧!」同伴卻不肯動手。 36 那位先知就對他說:「既然你不聽從耶和華的吩咐,你一離開我,就會被獅子咬死。」那同伴走後,果然遇見獅子,被咬死了。 37 那先知又找了一個人,叫那人打他,那人就打他,把他打傷了。 38 先知用頭巾蒙著眼睛,喬裝改扮,在路旁等候亞哈王。 39 亞哈王經過的時候,他向王喊道:「僕人在打仗的時候,有人押來一個俘虜,要我看管,他說如果俘虜跑掉,我就要以性命抵償或賠償三十四公斤銀子。 40 可是那俘虜趁僕人忙亂之際跑掉了。」亞哈王說:「這是你自己的過失,你要自負其咎。」 41 先知立刻拿去蒙眼的頭巾,以色列王認出他是個先知。 42 他對王說:「耶和華說,『你放走了我決定要毀滅的人,所以你的命要抵他的命,你百姓的命要抵他百姓的命。』」 43 以色列王悶悶不樂地回撒瑪利亞的王宮去了。

New International Reader's Version

1 Kings 20

Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria

1Ben-Hadad brought his whole army together. He was king of Aram. He went up to Samaria. He took 32 kings and their horses and chariots with him. All of them surrounded Samaria and attacked it. Ben-Hadad sent messengers into the city. They spoke to Ahab, the king of Israel. They told him, “Ben-Hadad says, ‘Your silver and gold belong to me. The best of your wives and children also belong to me.’ ”

The king of Israel replied, “What you say is true. You are my king and master. I belong to you. And everything I have belongs to you.”

The messengers came again. They told Ahab, “Ben-Hadad says, ‘I commanded you to give me your silver and gold. I also commanded you to give me your wives and children. But now I’m going to send my officials to you. They will come about this time tomorrow. They’ll search your palace. They’ll search the houses of your officials. They’ll take everything you value. And they’ll carry it all away.’ ”

The king of Israel sent for all the elders of the land. He said to them, “This man is really looking for trouble! He sent for my wives and children. He sent for my silver and gold. And I agreed to give them to him.”

All the elders and people answered, “Don’t listen to him. Don’t agree to give him what he wants.”

So Ahab replied to Ben-Hadad’s messengers. He said, “Tell my king and master, ‘I will do everything you commanded me to do the first time. But this time, I can’t do what you want me to do.’ ” They took Ahab’s answer back to Ben-Hadad.

10 Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab. Ben-Hadad said, “There won’t be enough dust left in Samaria to give each of my followers even a handful. If there is, may the gods punish me greatly.”

11 The king of Israel replied. He said, “Tell him, ‘Someone who puts his armor on shouldn’t brag like someone who takes it off.’ ”

12 Ben-Hadad and the kings were in their tents drinking. That’s when he heard the message. He ordered his men, “Get ready to attack.” So they prepared to attack the city.

Ahab Wins the Battle Over Ben-Hadad

13 During that time a prophet came to Ahab, the king of Israel. He announced, “The Lord says, ‘Do you see this huge army? I will hand it over to you today. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”

14 “But who will do it?” Ahab asked.

The prophet answered, “The Lord says, ‘The junior officers who are under the area commanders will do it.’ ”

“And who will start the battle?” Ahab asked.

The prophet answered, “You will.”

15 So Ahab sent for the junior officers who were under the area commanders. The total number of officers was 232. Ahab gathered together the rest of the Israelites. The total number of them was 7,000. 16 They started out at noon. At that time Ben-Hadad and the 32 kings helping him were in their tents. They were getting drunk. 17 The junior officers who were under Ahab’s area commanders marched out first.

Ben-Hadad had sent out scouts. They came back and reported, “Men are marching against us from Samaria.”

18 Ben-Hadad said, “They might be coming to make peace. If they are, take them alive. Or they might be coming to make war. If they are, take them alive.”

19 The junior officers marched out of the city. The army was right behind them. 20 Each man struck down the one fighting against him. When that happened, the army of Aram ran away. The Israelites chased them. But Ben-Hadad, the king of Aram, escaped on a horse. Some of his horsemen escaped with him. 21 The king of Israel attacked them. He overpowered the horses and chariots. Large numbers of the men of Aram were wounded or killed.

22 After that, the prophet came to the king of Israel again. The prophet said, “Make your position stronger. Do what needs to be done. Next spring the king of Aram will attack you again.”

23 During that time, the officials of the king of Aram gave him advice. They said, “The gods of Israel are gods of the hills. That’s why they were too strong for us. But suppose we fight them on the plains. Then we’ll certainly be stronger than they are. 24 Here’s what you should do. Don’t let any of the kings continue as military leaders. Have other officers take their places. 25 You must also put another army together. It should be just like the one you lost. It should have the same number of horses and chariots. Then we’ll be able to fight against Israel on the plains. And we’ll certainly be stronger than they are.” Ben-Hadad agreed with their advice. He did what they suggested.

26 The next spring Ben-Hadad brought together the men of Aram. They went up to the city of Aphek to fight against Israel. 27 The Israelites were also brought together. They were given supplies. They marched out to fight against their enemies. Israel’s army camped across from Aram’s army. The Israelites looked like two small flocks of goats that had become separated from the others. But the men of Aram covered the countryside.

28 The man of God came up to the king of Israel again. He told him, “The Lord says, ‘The men of Aram think the Lord is a god of the hills. They do not think he is a god of the valleys. So I, the Lord, will hand their huge army over to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”

29 For seven days the two armies camped across from each other. On the seventh day the battle began. The Israelites wounded or killed 100,000 Aramean soldiers who were on foot. That happened in a single day. 30 The rest of the men of Aram escaped to the city of Aphek. Its wall fell down on 27,000 of them. Ben-Hadad ran to the city. He hid in a secret room.

31 His officials said to him, “Look, we’ve heard that the kings of Israel often show mercy. So let’s go to the king of Israel. Let’s wear the rough clothing people wear when they’re sad. Let’s tie ropes around our heads. Perhaps Ahab will spare your life.”

32 So they wore rough clothing. They tied ropes around their heads. Then they went to the king of Israel. They told him, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says, ‘Please let me live.’ ”

The king answered, “Is he still alive? He used to be my friend.”

33 The men thought that was good news. So they quickly used the word Ahab had used. “Yes! Your friend Ben-Hadad!” they said.

“Go and get him,” the king said. Ben-Hadad came out of the secret room. Then Ahab had him get into his chariot.

34 “I’ll return the cities my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad offered. “You can set up your own market areas in Damascus. That’s what my father did in Samaria.”

Ahab said, “If we sign a peace treaty, I’ll set you free.” So Ben-Hadad made a treaty with him. Then Ahab let him go.

A Prophet Accuses Ahab

35 There was a group of people called the group of the prophets. A message from the Lord came to one of their members. He said to his companion, “Strike me down with your weapon.” But he wouldn’t do it.

36 The prophet said, “You haven’t obeyed the Lord. So as soon as you leave me, a lion will kill you.” The companion went away. And a lion found him and killed him.

37 The prophet found another man. He said, “Please strike me down.” So the man struck him down and wounded him. 38 Then the prophet went and stood by the road. He waited for the king to come by. He pulled his headband down over his eyes so no one would recognize him. 39 The king passed by. Then the prophet called out to him. He said, “I went into the middle of the battle. Someone came to me with a prisoner. He said, ‘Guard this man. Don’t let him get away. If he does, you will pay for his life with yours. Or you can pay 75 pounds of silver.’ 40 While I was busy here and there, the man disappeared.”

The king of Israel spoke to him. He told him, “What you’ve just said is what will happen to you.”

41 Then the prophet quickly removed the headband from his eyes. The king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets. 42 He told the king, “The Lord says, ‘You have set a man free. But I had said he should be set apart to the Lord in a special way to be destroyed. So you must pay for his life with yours. You must pay for his people’s lives with the lives of your people.’ ” 43 The king of Israel was angry. He was in a bad mood. He went back to his palace in Samaria.